Recycling metal saves resources and provides important environmental benefits
Did you know that roughly 2-3 percent of all post-recycled waste is metal that can be recycled? After combustion, Covanta uses a variety of technologies to recover the metal that remains in the ash for recycling. Recycling metal from Waste-to-Energy facilities avoids a tremendous amount of greenhouse gases and recovers valuable natural resources that would have otherwise been lost in landfills.
We are a leading metal recycler in the United States
We recycle approximately 600,000 tons of metal each year, both ferrous (e.g., steel) and non-ferrous (e.g., aluminum, copper). That adds up to enough steel to build over 400,000 automobiles and enough aluminum to manufacture more than 3 billion beverage cans.
The production and mining of new steel, aluminum, copper and other metals products is a carbon-intensive process that is environmentally disruptive. Instead of this metal going to landfills and being lost forever, we recycle it and save more than 1.2 million tons of greenhouse gases every year — the equivalent of pulling approximately 113,000 cars off the road for the year.
Did You Know...
That in the United States, approximately 7.5 million tons of metal goes to landfills each year?
If recycled instead, that metal could be used to build the equivalent of more
than 90 Golden Gate Bridges.